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Conservatives plan to 'block independence referendum for five years'

Conservatives plan to 'block independence referendum for five years'

However the last day of the campaign in Scotland is likely to be dominated by first minister's questions at Holyrood, which will see Ms Sturgeon being quizzed by opposition politicians including Ms Dugdale and Ms Davidson.

The SNP now hold 56 seats in the Scottish Parliament, where the constitution and the fight for independence are at the heart of the battle.

Conservative MSP Adam Tonkins said: "This is a bombshell revelation which holes Scottish Labour's entire campaign below the waterline".

However, sources close to the First Minister said Ms Sturgeon had told them about the phone call's content last July.

The Scottish Conservative leader said people "will make their own mind up" on Nicola Sturgeon's character after she made the comments in STV's general election debate on Tuesday night.

To cheers from his audience, Mr Corbyn said: "I am very, very excited today, excited by the enthusiasm of our campaign, and grateful to all of you".

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of lying after she said that the Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, privately told her Labour needed to embrace a second independence vote after Brexit. "But I also believe that Scotland needs to have a choice at the right time in the future because of the consequences of not having a choice - that we may have to accept a disastrous Brexit".

However, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs at the Scottish Parliament that she stood by her claim "100 per cent", adding: "I know what I said in that conversation and so does she". She said Dugdale had told her "she thought Brexit changed everything and she didn't think Labour could go on opposing a second referendum".

Responding, the SNP leader said Ms Dugdale had been the first to mention their conversation when she gave an interview to the Times newspaper in February.

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Ms Davidson asked the SNP leader: "Did you just tell people you had a private conversation with Kezia last June in which she had said she was going to drop Labour's opposition to independence?"

Labour has been hit by chaos over whether it would oppose a second independence referendum.

"Kezia Dugdale has spent this campaign claiming she opposes a second independence referendum, now we learn she's been having private chats with Nicola Sturgeon about her support for it". "The Labour party will never support independence because of the turbo-charged austerity it would inflict on working people in Scotland".

He did not directly address the row, saying only that his priority was the election of a Labour government, and that he does not "see the urgency or the need for an independence referendum".

"We don't need to hear private conversations to know what's been said already in public".

"Jeremy Corbyn saying that he was absolutely fine with a second referendum, a couple of weeks later saying that he would open discussions with the Scottish Government about it".

"That should shame the First Minister, except we know that nothing really does".

"In Scotland tomorrow, vote Labour, vote Labour to get Labour MPs elected, vote Labour so those MPs can be part of (a Labour majority), vote Labour so that we can tackle poverty and injustice all over the United Kingdom", he said.

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